WATERPROOF DRONES SOLVES MAPPING & INSPECTION ON MARINE AREAS

The Aeromapper Talon Amphibious is the only truly affordable fixed wing UAV system that can be used for inspection and mapping in marine environments.  The UAV system delivers high resolution georeferenced imagery as well as video feed from up to 30 kms from the operators. After completing its mission the UAV later returns and safely lands on the water, adequately serving maritime Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations.

 

But how to ensure proper waterproofing for repeated landings on the water?

By design, the UAV can stay indefinitely afloat on the water, and even sustain full immersion without any damage or water intrusion, even in salt water.

To reach this level of dependability the engineers at Aeromao spent more than a year of lab work and field testing, experimenting with different materials, solutions & compounds, techniques and components to ensure a very high level of reliability. The base model is the well-known Aeromapper Talon, which has been the flagship for the company since 2014. The UAV is designed to fully survive and float even if fully filled with water, because internal components have been carefully waterproofed individually.

Some of the industries that can benefit from this technology are:

  • Coastal & river mapping/surveying
  • Fisheries
  • Inspection of infrastructure or wildlife
  • Ecology & conservation
  • Surveillance
  • Marine management

 

Flying on remote atolls

As of this writing, a couple of Amphibious Talon units have been successfully operating during a 4 week expedition by a worldwide renowned British conservation institution. The location is on an undisclosed remote atoll in Belize, as part of a series of very important efforts for conservation & ecology and enforcement and control of illegal fishing activities over protected areas.

The type of terrain offers little or no land to operate from, therefore only truly amphibious drones are usable. The drones have been successfully launched from both beaches or small boats and then landed autonomously landed on the water after each flight is completed.

Image credit: Three Wise Monkeys & Zoological Society of London

The expedition team required a drone capable of be launched from a boat, record high resolution video and stills, send live video feed to the Ground Station at very long ranges, be able to fly in 40km/h winds, return and land on water, and repeat several times daily and for several weeks. The Aeromapper Talon demonstrated to be the only suitable solution for the challenge.  More information on the expedition to come soon.

More information about the Aeromapper Talon Amphibious can be found here.

Image credit: Three Wise Monkeys & Zoological Society of London

Image credit: Three Wise Monkeys & Zoological Society of London

About Aeromao

Is the Canadian leading UAV manufacturer, developer of the Aeromapper series of turnkey unmanned aerial vehicles for mapping, surveying, precision agriculture, remote sensing, inspection and surveillance.

With exports to more than 45 countries since 2012, Aeromao Inc. offers a line of products that adapt very quickly to market demands and to unique client’s applications, where no other UAV manufacturer goes. The Aeromappers have been used by corporations, research organizations, universities and government agencies around the globe for a great variety of applications.

Aeromao not only manufactures and sells the Aeromappers and related sub-systems, but also extends its services to:

  • Payload & drone customizations
  • Flight training and support
  • Flight operational support
  • Assistance with difficult missions, difficult terrain
  • UAV program implementation and consulting
  • Image acquisition service worldwide

For more information visit   www.aeromao.com

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Comment by Curt Olson on March 15, 2019 at 1:18pm

Impressive work.  Making something like this entirely water proof is very challenging!

Comment by Natalia Garcia on March 19, 2019 at 8:54am

Great News for the environment! Fly and survey the sea without any inconvenience, great job.  

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